The opposition Member of Parliament for Builsa South Constituency in the Upper East Region, Dr. Clement Apaak has brought to the fore what he deems as a lie in the last state of the nation address by the president of the republic.
President Akufo Addo, in his last state of the nation address on January 5, 2021 revealed that Ghana no more import basic food stuffs such as plantains and tomatoes. He indicated that due to the effective implementation of the flagship Planting for Food and Job (PFJ) program, Ghana now export basic food stuffs of which tomatoes is inclusive.
However, days ago, the Tomatoes Traders Association of Ghana announced their strike action citing the increasing insecurity on the roads that its members use to transport tomatoes which they buy in neighboring Burkina Faso into the country.
This is simply to say that Ghana, through its nationals who trade in tomatoes still import the commodity into the country contrary to what the president told the nation on January 5, two days after he was sworn in for another four-year term as president of the republic.
For the NDC lawmaker, Dr. Clement Apaak, the industrial action of the tomatoes traders expose the government. He however urges the president to apologize for his claim that the country no more imports tomatoes.
“…doesn’t this contradict what President Akufo-Addo told us; Ghana no longer imports tomatoes, or Burkina is now part of Ghana?
An apology will do,” he stated on his facebook wall.
Read below his full facebook post;
Tomato Traders Strike!
SoNa 2021, January 5th, Ghana longer imports tomatoes, President Akufo-Addo.
“We have seen the dramatic turnaround of our agricultural fortunes, due to the progressive policies that have improved the living standards of farmers in the country. The excellently executed policy for Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) has laid the foundation for the agricultural transformation of our country. We are able to say that our country is now a net exporter of food, and we no longer have to import basic foods like plantain and tomatoes.” SoNa 2021.
Tomato traders are currently on strike due to robberies on Kumasi-Bolga-Burkina Faso road. IGP pledges to order police protection for them, if needed police-military. Even so, the traders are yet to accept the offer.
Doesn’t this contradict what President Akufo-Addo told us; Ghana no longer imports tomatoes, or Burkina is now part of Ghana?
An apology will do.
I remain a citizen!
Dr. Clement Apaak
M.P, Builsa South